Brace yourselves. In true 2001: A Space Odyssey style, this film is bound to be one of the most discussed/debated/dissected films in sci-fi history. Ridley Scott (of the Alien franchise) went back to his roots ostensibly to create a prequel. And that he did, but he also created a heady glimpse into the origins of mankind.

Let’s begin at the beginning. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Halloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are anthropologists who, over a number of years, make an odd discovery. Multiple civilizations separated by time and distance all seem to have an almost identical hieroglyph: humans worshiping a large figure who comes from a specific configuration of stars. Meanwhile, a dying megalomaniac Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) feels sure that mankind’s creator is tangible. So he funds the space exploration to find these creatures referenced by these ancient civilizations.

Shaw and Halloway lead the team of explorers, scientists and opportunists on the Prometheus and head for the distant locale under the watchful eye of project leader Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), the android David (Michael Fassbender) and captain Janek (Idris Elba). Needless to say, things do not go as planned.

This movie is smart, suspenseful and at times, even funny—and the acting is impeccable. It’s not my favorite genre, but I have to say, I really loved the intelligent skill that went into this film. Go to an early show because you’re going to want to talk about it afterward.

It's an 8.